Note: There are necessarily spoilers for Book One in this series, but none for this book, which is Book Two.
The Eternity Cure picks up four months after the end of the first book, The Immortal Rules (see my review here). The author does an excellent job of providing background information and I think you can probably start this one if you so desire without reading or re-reading the first. (I can’t say with certainty as I read both of them right in a row.)
We are following the story of 17-year-old Allie Sekemoto, who lives in post-apocalyptic America. Release of a virus called Red Lung and the subsequent plague killed most of humankind, leaving not only small numbers of human survivors but also vampires and “rabids,” who are plague-addled former vampires. Vampires control enclaves of humans now, providing food and safety from rabids in exchange for monthly payments of blood.
Allie was turned into a vampire after being left for dead by attacking rabids. The vampire who turned her, Kanin, is an exception among vampires – not only does he have a “heart,” figuratively speaking, but is running for his life. Other vampires want revenge, believing him responsible for the plague and the rabids.
At the end of Book One, we know that Kanin has been captured by the deranged vampire Sarren and is being tortured by him. Allie owes a debt to Kanin, and she is determined to save him. She left her sort-of-boyfriend Zeke back in the city of Eden in order to find Kanin. She is joined in her quest by another vampire turned by Kanin (ergo her “blood-brother”), Jackal, who has no inclination to behave as other than a monster. But he too, is being called by his Sire, Kanin, and Jackal and Allie reach a shaky truce to achieve their common goal. Furthermore, both of them are horrified to discover that Sarren has found the frozen stockpiles of the Red Lung virus. Who knew what a “brilliantly insane psychotic vampire” would do with a live virus? They find soon enough he is in the process of releasing it.
The situation gets even more complicated when, while closing in on Sarren, Allie and Jackal run into Zeke. He is alone now, and trying to keep a group of humans safe from both rabids and Sarren’s newly created monstrosities. Zeke and Allie get back together, in spite of Allie’s misgivings. She needs him to keep her monster in check:
“Zeke was a brilliant light that cut through the evil and darkness and bloodlust, down to that tiny part struggling to stay alive.”
And he needs her as well:
“‘Only death will take me away from you, vampire girl,’ he whispered. ‘And even then, I’ll watch over you from wherever I end up.’”
But finding Kanin on the brink of insanity and death changes everything. And Sarren is not too far gone to realize that Zeke is the Achilles heel for all of them.
Evaluation: I am enjoying this series, and consider it a cut above other vampire books. Also, Kagawa makes very tough female heroines. I would probably be more apt to classify it as a post-apocalyptic, because the thrust of the saga is on survival in a world gone bad.
Published by Harlequin Teen, 2013